Tenant in the spotlight
Over the course of three years, Bram Breukers grew his company from a start-up to an international business with its own unit in the new Kleinhandel section. Bram and three co-workers provide interior design products for the hospitality sector. Based on the design provided by an interior, he finds floors, curtains, lighting and furniture within the indicated budget. “We operate from the perspective of demand, not supply”, says Bram.
“As with most start-ups, success is also a matter of luck.”
“I knew HOLMRIS from Copenhagen, where I was property manager for the world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Moller Maersk. HOLMRIS was one of my suppliers. When I let them know I was returning to the Netherlands to start my own business, HOLMRIS offered me the opportunity to establish the Dutch branch of the company. I had no leads at the time, and no relevant professional network. I simply started making phone calls. Fast forward three years and here we are, doing great.”
Our success started with the design of the new lobby at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam. A location of international allure. “As with most start-ups, success is also a matter of luck. Many designers work abroad too. We were able to take on a project at Times Square in New York. This earned us a nice article in AD RotterdamsDagblad.” Although Bram also provides office furnishings, his focus is now primarily on the hospitality industry. “These are long-term projects, more contact-driven and, therefore, more fun. The interior design of a hotel often takes a year or two. A good relationship with the client is vital. I am a real people person, and when you make a connection it makes your work both more fun and more interesting.”
“I am originally from the east of the Netherlands, very down-to-earth, but I’m also into art and architecture.”
At home, Bram also likes to be surrounded by beautiful artifacts. “I live in Kralingen with my wife and two children. My home is truly in my own style. I am originally from the east of the Netherlands, very down-to-earth, but I’m also into art and architecture. Collecting art is a bit of a hobby of mine. At home, I mix styles to my own liking. An interior designer would probably not approve of my home design” laughs Bram.
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